In case you have been out of the loop the last couple of days, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and US Soccer all officially announced that the United States will be the host of next summer’s Copa America Centenario.
The US U-17 team was knocked out of the U-17 World Cup.
We have reached the international week and the US has its last two friendlies before the CONCACAF Cup (more on that later). Here is the roster Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the friendlies, which is heavy on center backs.
The US U-20 team is also beginning a new cycle this month with a tournament in Serbia. This current roster features two players who play abroad in Hannover 96’s Abuchi Obinwa and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.
The end of the transfer window for most of Europe is upon us and a couple players have new teams while a couple others are still with their current teams when people thought they would be leaving.
DeAndre Yedlin is still with Tottenham at the moment despite loan interest from various teams across Europe, although signs point towards him ending up somewhere on loan. My guess at this point would be a loan deal with some team in the English League Championship.
Fulham have decided to keep Emerson Hyndman despite several offers for the US U-23 midfielder. While he has not featured for the Cottagers this season, he could also go out on loan to another English team.
Remember when the Colorado Rapids oddly sold Shane O’Neill to a team in Cyprus earlier this summer? Well he has been oddly sold again this month to Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz after not appearing in any games for Apollon Limassol.
Brad Davis has a knee injury which is going to rule him out of the Gold Cup. Since the tournament hasn’t started yet, the US can fill out paperwork in order to replace someone on the roster with someone who was on the 35-man provisional roster. That lucky player who gets to “come on down” is left back Greg Garza. He is headed to Nashville to join the team for Friday’s friendly against Guatemala.
And while a lot of fans wanted to see Jordan Morris on the Gold Cup roster, we might know why he wasn’t selected for the final 23-man roster as he had surgery yesterday for a stress fracture in one of his legs.
According to Steven Goff, the USMNT will be taking on Peru in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washinton D.C. in September. The US hasn’t faced Peru since a 1-0 win at the 2000 Gold Cup.
Want to impress your friends with knowledge of the US U-23 goalkeeper pool? Thankfully we have Will to set us straight.
Brian Span went the full 90 minutes and scored his second league goal of the season in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw to HIFK on Sunday. Here are the highlights. A couple other guys scored if you follow along with our goal tracker.
We also had some goals in friendlies over the last couple days.
Kenny Saief scored for Gent in a 2-2 draw to SK Deinze. Nermin Crnkic scored a goal for Jablonec in a 2-1 win in something called the Minister Cup. And Andrew Wooten scored a goal for Sandhausen in a 1-0 win over Würzburger Kickers.
Shaq Moore’s Huracán Valencia CF did not win promotion to Spain’s second division (lost 3-1 on aggregate), but you can learn more about his club here.
Jordan Morris has been added to the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies in Europe. Morris had been with the U-23s in France at the Toulon Tournament , but it doesn’t look like they are going to advance out of the group stage.
The news first leaked when US Soccer sent out a tweet this morning of the equipment manager printing the names on the jerseys and the roster list contained Morris’ name. After that speculation, US Soccer officially announced the roster addition.
Aron Johannsson ended his 2014-15 season on a roll for AZ Alkmaar, including winning Goal of the Year and Performance of the Year in the legendary OT XI. While it was just at training, he added another impressive goal to his highlight film this week with the USMNT.
Had one too many margaritas last night? Nothing a few links can’t help.
As Howie posted yesterday, Birmingham City is letting Will Packwood go while offering Jonathan Spector a new contract.
I posted a couple tidbits on the USMNT, U-23 and U-17 teams earlier this week but I also forgot to include that the U-23 team will be holding a camp in England in September. They will play friendlies against England and Qatar during the camp.
J.R. Eskilson spoke to Sam Strong about how an encounter with Jurgen Klinsmann in an airport helped him get his US U-23 call-up last month.
Steven Goff is hearing that Duke product Jeremy Ebobisse and Virginia’s Jake Rozhansky are headed to Europe for some trials.
I recently learned of another former US Soccer Development Academy player in Germany. Faisal Almubaslat is a 17-year-old winger at Tennis Borussia Berlin playing with their U-17 team in the B-Junioren Bundesliga Nord/Nordost. He had a few goals and assists in April as you can see in these highlights against RB Leipzig and Concordia Hamburg.
And finally, a little plug for our goal tracker. There have been a lot of goals, especially in lower leagues, as of late and it will keep you up to date with who is scoring (and links to highlights when available).
As for the mid week so far, Gedion Zelalem help setup a goal for Arsenal’s U-21 team. Michael Orozco had an assist as Puebla won the Copa MX final over Chivas (Herculez Gomez watched from the bench). And Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-21 team.
The US U-20 team is in Austria this week and here is their roster. They had a 2-2 draw against Qatar yesterday with the US goals coming from Amando Moreno and Conor Donovan.
The US U-23 team will take on Mexico later tonight at the StubHub Center. Here is their roster. Apparently manager Andi Herzog asked Hamburg permission for Julian Green to stay after last week’s friendly against Mexico for this game but they didn’t respond yes to him until Green was already on a plane back to Germany. Herzog also wants to create a pipeline to the USMNT with the U-23 team. And Liviu Bird’s random observation from training earlier this week, Jordan Morris has Type 1 diabetes and tests his blood sugar during training.
For those of you that miss watching grainy Youtube videos of Josh Gatt flying down the wings, we have some good news. He has been cleared to play again after a couple knee surgeries.
Hannover 96 did some shuffling around of their coaching staff and Steve Cherundolo has been promoted to an assistant.
I finally had some time to sit down and look up some random stuff on the significance on Jordan Morris’ goal from Wednesday night to go along with other stuff that came out Wednesday night. Hopefully it is his first of many more to come. Enjoy the numbers.
* Jordan Morris was the 50th USMNT player all-time to score against Mexico (Juan Agudelo later became the 51st).
* He is the first college player to score for the US against Mexico since Dante Washington in 1991 while he was still at Radford.
* He became the sixth US player since 2000 to score his first international goal against Mexico, joining Landon Donovan, Josh Wolff, Jimmy Conrad, Jozy Altidore and Michael Orozco (h/t Paul Carr).
* He is the first US player to score in his first career start which was also against Mexico since Jozy Altidore in 2008.
* At 20 years and 171 days old on Wednesday, he also became the youngest US player to score against Mexico since Jozy Altidore (18 years, 92 days) in 2008. Here is a look at the youngest US players to score against Mexico since 1970 (Juan Agudelo also makes the Top 10 with his goal on Wednesday).